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Dancin. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Photo by Cat Urbigkit

Sage Grouse male. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Sage Grouse male
There’s dancing on the leks
by Cat Urbigkit
March 29, 2014

Greater Sage Grouse are currently on their leks (traditional breeding grounds), with the males dancing, displaying, and fighting for their hens.

The Wyoming Game & Fish Department offers the following tips for ethical viewing and photography on leks:
• Arrive at the lek at least one hour before sunrise.
• Don’t drive on or near the lek and park away from the edge of the lek.
• Turn off the engine and lights and stay in your vehicle.
• Use binoculars and spotting scopes to observe birds.
• Don’t make loud noises or sudden movements.
• Do not leave the lek site until the birds do.
• Keep your pets in the vehicle or, better yet, leave them at home.
• Do not trespass on private land.
• Postpone your visit if roads are muddy.
• Late April is the best time to visit leks because most breeding is complete but the males are still actively strutting.

Strutting. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.

Side view. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Side view

Ritual. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.

Fluttering wings. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Fluttering wings

All for the girls. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
All for the girls
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